Boston High School: Bill Glennon

Recruiting Notes: Strachan taking it slow

October, 2, 2012
St. Sebastian's Connor Strachan has a message for those eager to learn where he will be playing college football: Be prepared to wait.

“Yeah, right now recruiting isn't really the focus,” Strachan said. “We have a chance for an undefeated season, so I think it's best to play the season out and then narrow it down.”

Strachan, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound junior, has scholarship offers from four schools: Boston College, Connecticut, Virginia and Wake Forest. He received his offers after attending each school's camp last summer. Although he's being recruited primarily as an inside linebacker, he said Connecticut and Virginia have shown interest in his skills as a running back as well.

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Ryan Kilian for St. Sebastian's junior linebacker/running back Connor Strachan already claims offers from Boston College, Virginia, UConn and Wake Forest.
“I've been playing linebacker longer,” Strachan said. “I feel I'm geared more toward defense.”

Strachan, who lives in Wellesley, is the only New England player from the Class of 2014 in the ESPN 300 Watch List, which was released last week.

“Strachan may play at a small school, but he's a big-time talent on a national level,” ESPN recruiting coordinator Billy Tucker said. “He was recently named to the 2014 ESPN 300 Watch List as we saw prototypical size and speed measurables for the inside linebacker position, as well as deceptive athleticism and run-stopping instincts to be very productive at the BCS level.”

Strachan's uncle Steve played at Boston College and in the NFL for the Los Angeles Raiders, and his brother Brian is a sophomore wide receiver at Brown.

Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Penn State are among the other schools showing significant interest in Strachan.

“I really want to play at the highest level possible, but I'm definitely looking for a place with good academics,” Strachan said. “After the season I'll try to do some visits and narrow it down to two or three schools. I'd like to have it done before next summer.”

Back in action: Former Everett High School quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso isn't the only Division I recruit in the Phillips Exeter Academy backfield this season.

Running backs Andreas Robinson (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) and Devon Carrillo (Middletown, Conn.) will both have plenty of Division I options to choose from.

“They're like clones of each other,” Phillips Exeter coach Bill Glennon said. “Carillo is a free safety, but we're real tough when he's in the [offensive backfield]. Carillo is tougher inside, Andreas is a kid who can get to the outside.”

Robinson was the NEPSAC's leading rusher in 2010, but missed most of last season with an injury. He has taken visits to N.C. State, North Carolina and Stanford. Glennon said both Robinson and Carrillo are drawing heavy interest from FCS schools as well.

“Maine has already offered both, and UNH is gonna offer,” Glennon said. “I think the [FBS] schools are more interested in Andreas as a defensive back, and then everyone else on the I-AA level is interested in him as a running back.”

Conn. man: Boston College landed one of the top athletes in Connecticut when Manchester High School quarterback/linebacker Marquis Little committed to the Eagles late last month. Little is expected to play outside linebacker in college.

Andrew Isaacs, Little's high school teammate, decommitted from BC to accept a scholarship offer from Maryland earlier this year.

Footnotes: Brookfield (Conn.) High School's Boeing Brown, the No. 11 recruit from Connecticut in the Class of 2013, has been moved from quarterback to wide receiver this season. ESPN has Brown rated s two-star quarterback...Roxbury Latin quarterback Mackay Lowery completed 24 of 37 passes for 291 yards and five touchdowns in last weekend's 34-33 victory over Thayer Academy. Lowery has committed to Boston College.

Recruiting information regarding high school or prep school players in New England can be sent to Roger Brown at

Robinson sparks Exeter over Andover

November, 14, 2010
ANDOVER, Mass. -- Phillips Exeter pulled one game closer to tying the more than century long rivalry, defeating Phillips Andover, 56-33, on the heels of sophomore Andreas Robinson’s four touchdowns, including all three in the fourth quarter for the Big Red to put the game out of reach from the insistent Big Blue.

“We’ve spent two weeks preparing for this game,” said senior quarterback Joseph Jaskolski. “We put this game in front of every other one. This is our championship. We could’ve lost every other game this season, but if we won this one, it would have been a winning season.”

Coming out of the half tied, and with the momentum in Andover’s favor, having pieced together a 72-yard drive in under two minutes to end the first half, Exeter coach Bill Glennon didn’t have his team make any adjustments, but did ask them to take a gut check before coming back out of the locker room.

“When we went in at halftime, we knew we had to come out harder,” added Jaskolski. “We knew we were a better team, so we dug down to find out how to show it.”

To open the third quarter, the Big Red marched 52 in under three minutes for a scoring drive capped by Jaskolski’s two yard, muscle in touchdown, for which he also kicked the extra point putting Exeter up 28-21.

Andover took over from their 26 and on four runs and two passes managed to make it to the Exeter 32. The pressure from the Exeter front line made it difficult to pass, or run, causing the Big Blue to turn the ball over on downs.

The Big Red made it across the 50 and down to the 40 on five consecutive runs for positive yardage to set up fourth and one. Jaskolski took the ball up the middle and got three yards, continuing the drive for Exeter. Six plays later, faced with second and goal, Jaskolski took another sneak across the goal line and notched another extra point to make the game 35 -21.

On the following drive, Andover’s Kasltle Jones ran for nine yards, seeming to bring Andover back to life, but the pass rush by Jonathan Mancini on second down forced quarterback Robert Lippe (262 passing yards, 41 rushing) to make a bad throw, and Lippe’s fumble on third down was also recovered by Mancini, leading to Robinson’s first touchdown in the fourth quarter, making it a three touchdown game.

Andover would score two more times in the fourth, but Robinson (31 carries, 297 yards), who was dragged down by his dread locks early in the game, ran for 89 yards and three rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, keeping the Big Blue at bay and send Exeter up 93 with another victory for the Lion Rampart.

“A few games ago, I was tackled by my hair and I lost my composure,” admitted Robinson. “I started to fall apart and things didn’t go well for us. I know its part of the game when they grab you by the hair, I can’t get mad at the game.”


PE 7 14 14 21 --- 56
PA 0 21 0 12 --- 33

1st Quarter
E - Andreas Robinson 14 run (Joseph Jaskolski kick)

2nd Quarter
E - Wesley Abram 14 run (Jaskolski kick)
A - Thomas Szymanski 4 pass from Robert Lippe (Bennett Green kick)
A - Brendan Rankowitz 22 pass from Lippe (kick blocked)
E - Justin Norris 93 kickoff return (Jaskolski kick)
A - Symanski 14 pass from Lippe (Lippe rush)

3rd Quarter
E - Jaskolski 2 run (Jaskolski kick)
E - Jaskolski 1 run (Jaskolski kick)

4th Quarter
E - Robinson 14 run (Jaskolski kick)
A - Lippe 2 run (pass failed)
E - Robinson 18 run (Jaskolski kick)
E - Robinson 41 run (Ethan Krauss kick)
A - Jason Buco 25 pass from Lippe (pass failed)